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Keralite among Af gurdwara attackers, he did it for “Muslims in Kashmir” says IS | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Islamic State-Khorasan Province claimed that Thursday’s suicide attack on a Sikh gurdwara in Kabul, which killed 25 people, was carried out by one of his Indian recruits, who has now been identified as Muhammad Muhsin of Kasaragod, Kerala.

According to sources from Indian agencies, Muhsin was named in the Islamic State message as Abu Khalid al-Hindi, who also claimed the attack as an act of revenge for Kashmiri Muslims, but his true identity was confirmed based on his photograph published by Al-Amaq. News, a pro-IS media outlet. The image showed him brandishing a weapon and surrounded by ammunition, with an IS flag in the background.

Sources said the NIA corroborated Muhsin’s identity by contacting his family in Kasaragod. More details are expected after further investigation. It was unclear whether a case would be filed.

The initial investigation showed that Muhsin was not listed in any of the existing cases being investigated by the NIA, relative to those in Kerala who have so far traveled outside the country to join IS.

Sources said Muhsin’s last known location was the UAE, where he had traveled from India in July 2018. “It is unknown how and when he traveled the furthest to reach Afghanistan. A dropout between the ages of 28 and 29, Muhsin , given the name “kunya” Abu Khalid al-Hindi, was allegedly one of the three suspected attackers involved in the Kabul gurdwara bombing. “Neither Muhsin was on the NIA radar nor had his parents approached the police / NIA to report him as “disappeared”, “an official told TOI.

The Islamic State-Khorasan Province, in its message published on March 25, said that the Indian fighter Abu Khalid al-Hindi shot “Sikh polytheists” at his temple in Kabul, and detonated explosive devices against the Afghan security forces. The group said: “This attack is revenge for the Muslims in Kashmir, and what is coming is more devastating and bitter, with the permission of Allah the Almighty.”

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